An example of compunction is the feeling a teenager gets when returning to their house after sneaking out and realizing their mom is awake.
Stole the money without compunction.
Origin of compunction
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin, compunctionem (“a pricking”), from Latin compunctus, the past participle of compungere (“to severely prick”), from com- + pungere (“to prick”).